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Oct 2, 2012 3:55 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Officials Met To Discuss Helicopter Noise Again Last Week

Oct 2, 2012 6:06 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst has come out against a proposal that would establish a new route for helicopters flying out of East Hampton Airport.

Ms. Throne-Holst said East Hampton Town Councilman Dominick Stanzione recently proposed sending outgoing helicopters over an unpopulated, northern part of Sag Harbor, and over the South Ferry to Shelter Island, in order to cut down on noise, according to a statement issued by her office on September 27.

The Southampton supervisor said the plan doesn’t do enough to mitigate noise, which has become an issue for Southampton Town residents living in Noyac, Sag Harbor, North Sea and Bridgehampton.

Ms. Throne-Holst “insisted that it is not acceptable to just ‘share the pain’ of lessening the disruption for one community only to increase it in another,” according to the statement, which summarized a September 24 meeting of the Multi-Town Helicopter Noise Abatement Committee. “A more stringent noise abatement protocol must be established, in conjunction with the Eastern Region Helicopter Council and East Hampton Airport.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Stanzione pointed out this week that no suggestions were final, and that many alternatives were discussed. A new route was just one of those.

“It was just a thought,” Mr. Stanzione said on Monday.

Among those attending the meeting, which was held in Brookhaven Town, were Ms. Throne-Holst, Southampton Town Councilwoman Christine Scalera, Mr. Stanzione, East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, North Haven Village Mayor Laura Nolan, East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., Southold Supervisor Scott Russell and Shelter Island Supervisor James Dougherty.

Residents from Noyac to Mattituck were present, including representatives from the Quiet Skies Coalition. The meeting also included regional representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, Jeff Smith, the chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council, and Jim Brundige, the manager of the East Hampton Airport.

“At the approximately 3-hour long meeting, many aspects of the issue surrounding the increasing use by and noise from helicopters using East Hampton Airport were discussed, but to little conclusion,” Ms. Throne-Holst said in the statement.

Mr. Stanzione called the meeting “informative, productive, useful” and an “opportunity for many voices to be heard.”

Southampton Town residents organized earlier this summer against a helicopter route change that began directing traffic over Jessup’s Neck and the power lines in Noyac, instead of Northwest Woods in East Hampton.

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Have attended these meetings --they gather the troops together -- hold meetings that support their concerns (the citizens) regarding noise control and route revision --
and ultimately -- the problem is unresolved! Hope that my opinion is not
followed since these residents require a resolution. It is dangerous to accept
the status quo!!
By East Ender (64), Southampton on Oct 3, 12 9:47 AM